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Trends We Love: The Cape Dress

Trends We Love cape by Justin Alexander

Trend Alert!

In Fall 2017, wedding gowns with cape details hit the bridal fashion week runways. This fierce trend is finally making its way to the Midwest, and we couldn’t be more excited. We’ve seen capes in fashion for awhile now, but using this trend in your wedding gown is relatively new. However, capes themselves have been around since the beginning of time.

Where Did Capes Come From?

Capes have been used as cloaks and items to keep warm for as long as people have lived, according to historians. The accessory didn’t become a fashion statement, though, until the Victorian-era. Women wore scarlet capes to show their good social standing and fertility. If a woman was wearing a scarlet cape, it was to let society know that she is sophisticated and able to bear children. These capes also signified a neat and clean woman going about her business. (If this is reminding you of the hit Hulu show The Handmaid’s Tale, you’re not alone!) This era turned the cape into a sought-after garment and a high-fashion statement piece.

Where to Find this Cape Wedding Trend

If you’re looking for a wedding gown with a cape, keep an eye on these designers: Berta, Viktor & Rolf, Anne Barge, and Romona Keveza. These designers had featured cape dresses on the 2019 Wedding Dress Trend Report. As the trend becomes more mainstream, these cape dresses will begin to be made by more designers and at more affordable prices. In fact, Justin Alexander has a few cape dresses in his latest collection that are a bit more budget-friendly. You can find gowns with capes attached to them, or capes as a separate piece. If you plan to dance the night away at your wedding, a removable cape might be the way to go.

  • Berta

    Trends We Love cape by Berta

    Photo courtesy of Berta by Mike Colan

  • Viktor & Rolf

    Trends We Love cape by Viktor & Rolf

    Photo courtesy of Viktor & Rolf

  • Anne Barge

    Trends We Love cape by Anne Barge

    Photo courtesy of Anne Barge by Sarra Fleur

  • Romona Keveza

    Trends We Love cape by Romona Keveza

    Photo courtesy of Romona Keveza

  • Justin Alexander

    Trends We Love cape by Justin Alexander

    Photo courtesy of Justin Alexander


    Trends We Love cape by Justin Alexander

    Photo courtesy of Justin Alexander


    Trends We Love cape by Justin Alexander

    Photo courtesy of Justin Alexander

    Is a Cape Right for Your Wedding?

    While this trend can be worn any time of year, the wedding dress cape trend would be perfect for a fall/winter wedding and a wedding with a royal or regal theme. Since we are all still recovering from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s swoon-worthy wedding, incorporating a cape in your gown could make you feel more regal and royal. What’s your favorite trend from the 2019 Trend Report? Let us know in the comments below!

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